If you like math and science, and excel in these two areas, you are halfway there. Another part of the equation for success in these fields is ‘how’ you are. Are you patient? Do you have self-discipline? Are you interested in people and their well-being? Are you responsible?
If your answers to these questions are mostly ‘yes’, then you might want to investigate some of these professions more closely. First, read about the profession as well as the academic preparation for it. Visit and/or volunteer in the field which interests you. There’s more to it than being able to study and making good grades. Find out what the job is like. How much patient contact is involved, if any. What kinds of patients will you see? Do patients come to these professionals, or do the professionals go to the patients? Is there a dress code? What are the hours of the job? Is there a lot of paperwork? Where would you work? In a hospital? In a clinic? In a laboratory? In a school? How much flexibility would you have to work in another state or country? And, hey, it doesn’t hurt to check out your potential salary!
Don’t forget to look at ‘who’ you are, as well. Would it ‘charge your batteries’ to sit behind a microscope many hours a day with minimal people-contact? Would you be better-suited to lots of interaction across your workday? Are you more business and computer-oriented? It’s all well and good to excel in a field of study, health profession or otherwise; however, if it’s not a ‘fit’ for YOU, then chances are you might not really enjoy your career, which will be a huge chunk of your life. Makes sense that after all that education, you ultimately love what you’re doing! See all the programs in the KU School of Health Professions. [top ]
For most of the graduate programs, a bachelor’s degree is required. (Students applying to the Master of Occupational Therapy program enter our School as college seniors.) Several of the graduate programs require the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). Again, every department has their own prerequisites, so it behooves you to plan ahead and communicate with the program to which you will be applying.
Two of the certificate programs require either certification as a diagnostic radiologist (usually offered at local community colleges or hospitals) or a bachelor’s degree in a science or health related field. The Diagnostic Ultrasound and Vascular Technology program will only accept the certification in diagnostic radiology (also known as radiologic technology, also known as x-ray technology). (Note that neither KU nor KUMC offer the certification program for diagnostic radiology.) [top ]
Your last one or two years at KUMC will be focused on your professional training. You will be in class from about 8A to 5P daily, often carrying a heavier load of hours in a very different environment from undergraduate school. Depending upon your major, your professional program may include practical experience in a lab, hospital, or clinical setting on or off campus. [top ]